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White-nose syndrome found in Missouri; updates from other states

April 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri conservationists say the state has its first confirmed cases of white-nose syndrome, a fatal bat-to-bat disease that has killed more than 5 million bats around the country.

The Missouri Department of Conservation said Monday that white-nose syndrome has been confirmed in three bats from two caves in Lincoln County in eastern Missouri. The name describes a white fungus found on the faces and wings of infected bats.

The conservation department said the disease has not been found to infect humans or other animals. Scientists estimate the fungal ailment has killed at least 5.7 million bats in 16 states and Canada.

White nose syndrome is caused by a fungus that prompts bats to wake from their winter hibernation and die after they fly into the cold air searching for insects.

White-nose syndrome confirmed in Smokies bats

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Biologists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have confirmed that two bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome.

The malady has caused a massive die-off of bats in Eastern states and the fungus that causes it had been found earlier in the Smokies.

Park spokesman Bob Miller on Tuesday issued a statement in which officials said a tricolored bat and a little brown bat had been found to have the disease.

It is called white-nose because of a white fungus that forms on the faces of many infected bats. The actual cause of death from the syndrome isn’t known and there is no known cure.

“While the confirmation of WNS in the park is not a surprise, it is still a sad day for the resource,” said Dale Ditmanson, park superintendent. “By continuing to .monitor bat populations in our caves and forests we hope to minimize WNS affecting other bat habitats outside of our boundaries.”

Entrances to 16 known caves and two mines in the park were barred in 2009 to keep people from going into them and, perhaps, contaminating bat populations with the fungus.

Eleven species of bats are known to live in the 500,000-acre park on the Tennessee-North Carolina line, including the largest hibernating population of the endangered Indiana bat in Tennessee.

Bat-killing fungus found in Acadia National Park

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The National Park Service says a mysterious ailment that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States has been discovered in Maine’s Acadia National Park.

Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele says he’s disappointed that so-called white-nose syndrome has been confirmed. The fungus is harmless to humans but is lethal to bats, which play an important role in healthy ecosystems by managing mosquitoes and other biting insects.

White-nose syndrome was previously discovered elsewhere in Maine. It gets its name because infected bats have white fungus on their muzzles.

Steele says the park service is working with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center to find ways to reduce the spread in Maine’s bat populations.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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